London is one of the hottest and most creative cities, bristling with a multicultural community. Yet its Black artists and designers have remained largely untapped. That is until now. Just this past September, London was booming with design festivals showcasing innovative furniture, objects and fabulous fashions. Among them was the latest installment of the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival, a hotbed of new ideas, inspiration and creativity. This year’s theme, “?Choices!,” attracted some 22,000 visitors (2,000 more than in 2010). The AACDD festival took place from September 9 to 25, coinciding with the London Design Festival and constituted AACDD’s second successful year.
The latest issue of Studio magazine has arrived and we couldn't be more thrilled! In honor of the Bearden Centennial, this issue has four different covers featuring artworks by Leonardo Drew, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu and Brenna Youngblood that are currently on view in The Bearden Project.
The Museum Store is always full of an incredible assortment of art books, stunning hand crafted jewelry, clothing, and an array of gifts, but my favorite items at the moment are the glass tumblers featuring Odili Donald Odita’s Refuge & Flight, 2002 and Third Text, 2000. Choose your favorite or buy both to create a set—just make sure to act quickly because they are in limited supply and they are only available at the Studio Museum! The tumblers are sold separately for $10, but Museum members will receive a 20% discount. Visit the Museum Store website here to browse our other fantastic items.
Re:Collection: Selected Works from The Studio Museum in Harlem features 51 artworks from our permanent collection accompanied by essays by notable scholars, artists and members of the Studio Museum community. The following is Mary Schmidt Campbell's essay on Romare Bearden's Conjur Woman, 1964, which was on view in Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective. Other incredible examples of Bearden's work are currently on view in The Bearden Project and Collected.Ritual.
Ife Felix Leads Community Quilt Project
During Target Free Sundays in January, quilt artist Ife Felix will lead a series of quilting workshops, during which you can contribute to the Community Quilt Project.
Interested in participating? Here's what to do:
Select a 5x7" fabric swatch that represents you, your family, or your community
The Evolution of Museum Missions
“How do we keep museums relevant and essential to our cultural landscape and life?” This was the fundamental question driving the Art Basel Conversation “The Evolution of Museum Mission” between four contemporary art museum directors on Friday December 2nd in Miami. Author and Arts Consultant András Szántó moderated the four female directors (including Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden), stating that there has been more change in the art world and museum institutions in the past 10 years than in the past 100 years. This notion is especially applicable for contemporary art museums: given their topical focus, they encompass perhaps the most sizable and accelerated evolutions in terms of not only art representation, but also mission.
Kellie Jones on Living and Writing Contemporary Art
Working at the Studio Museum has offered many fantastic opportunities, including chances to meet people whose artwork or scholarship helped shape my thought processes and my career goals when I was in school. They are surreal and amazing moments. Meeting Kellie Jones was one of those moments. Her essays on and conversations with artists such as David Hammons, Lorna Simpson and Pat Ward Williams guided me, and her writings continue to be an incredible resource for us here at the Studio Museum. Her new book, EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, is a collection of some of her writing on contemporary art from the last twenty years.
Against the Tides of Globalization
Acclaimed British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien turns primarily to visually elaborate and technologically sophisticated installations of the moving image to express his urgent fascination with global human movement. Columbia University’s recent World Leaders Forum teamed up with the Mellon Visiting Artist & Thinkers Program to host a talk by Isaac Julien with Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty of the School of the Arts. Dean Becker highlighted this unique choice of featuring an artist for the World Leaders Forum – proclaiming that geopolitically-minded and creative innovators, such as Julien, are particularly significant cultural leaders today.
Thelma Golden in Conversation with Rico Gatson at Exit Art
Rico Gatson sees the potential for art in everything: he allows his everyday experiences to inspire his work. Recently at Exit Art, Gatson and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, treated an audience to an engaging conversation about Gatson, his artwork, and his influences. Three Trips Around the Block, now on view at Exit Art, is a survey of 15 years of Gatson’s work.
Where Style Meets Substance
Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection, opening this Thursday at the Studio Museum in Harlem, frames style as substance. This exhibition aims to question how what one wears ultimately fashions the body as a symbolic vessel of meaning. Whether this meaning be social, cultural, or political, the clothing we put on our bodies speaks loudly – and if desired, proudly.